1. “There are clear goals every step of the way.”
  2. “There is immediate feedback to one’s actions.”
  3. “There is a balance between challenges and skills.”
  4. Action and awareness are merged. In short, we’re focused. We have one-pointed attention. We’re not thinking of one thing while doing another.
  5. Distractions are excluded from consciousness.”
  6. “There is no worry of failure.” 
  7. “Self-consciousness disappears.” 
  8. “The sense of time becomes distorted.” 
  9. “The activity becomes autotelic.” Autotelic is Greek-speak for something that is an end in itself. 
Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi via Brian Johnson.